If all cars were autonomous
Self-driving cars have the potential to transform the world we live in. If all cars were autonomous, society, the economy and the environment would all benefit. Here is how…
Fewer crashes, better driving
Autonomous technology will eradicate human errors, making driving safer for everyone. Self-driving cars will obey traffic laws and there will be no possibility for irrational, emotional behaviour behind the wheel. The potential to avoid crashes and save lives is enormous.
If you aren’t mobile enough to drive you will gain new freedom with autonomous cars that will do the driving for you. Self-driving cars will allow more people to live independent lifestyles.
Extra urban space
Cars that can park themselves will revolutionise urban planning by reducing the need for car parks next to offices and retail areas. Autonomous cars will be able to drop you off and then park elsewhere, returning to pick you up when required. The space that is currently used for car parks could be used for something else.
Better traffic flow
In a future where autonomous cars communicate with each other and the road network via the cloud, traffic will flow more smoothly, easing congestion and making journeys more enjoyable. Self-driving cars will be able to merge into traffic and plan ahead more efficiently than those with human drivers.
Connected technology and better all-round awareness means that autonomous cars will reduce congestion, saving millions of wasted hours on the road.
Autonomous cars will allow drivers to use their time in the car as they choose – relaxing or working as desired. The car could become an extension of the office and allow commuters to arrive at work less stressed and better prepared.
Fewer costly accidents
By reducing human error and the likelihood of accidents, autonomous technology will drastically reduce the amount of money that is lost as a result of collisions. Compensation, lost time and healthcare currently cost the global economy billions.
New revenue streams
Drivers will able to relax and do other things in self-driving cars, making them a place of leisure and commerce. Online connectivity will allow those on board to shop and enjoy media, opening up new retail and marketing opportunities for brands and services.
Better fuel economy, lower emissions
Autonomous, connected cars will be able to drive more efficiently, reducing fuel consumption and harmful emissions. Better anticipation and communication with other cars will reduce stop/start traffic and heavy braking, and they will be able to form safe, tightly packed ‘road trains’ that reduce aerodynamic drag at speed.
If all vehicles were autonomous and could communicate with each other, crashes would be all but eradicated. This means they could be made safe without the need for heavy protective safety features, significantly reducing their overall weight. This, in turn, would make them much more efficient.
Easier to go electric
Zero-emissions electric cars will be a viable option for more drivers thanks to autonomous technology. Self-driving electric cars will be able to get themselves to and from a charging point or battery swap station, so owners will no longer need a charging point at their home or workplace.
More flexible ownership
Autonomous cars will open up the possibility of new methods of ownership that could reduce the overall number of cars, and therefore pollution. You won’t need to drive or park a fully autonomous car yourself, and because they would be called up only when needed, shared ownership could become more common.